In this installment of Donation2Decor we will transform three ReStore donated masonite doors into a useful folding screen for your home. Decoupage makes it easy; sheet music & digitial reproductions of book pages purchased at the Friends of the Library book sales make it fabulous!

Two books of sheet music purchased at seventy-five cents a book provided the background for this project. We used digital reproductions from a book of Shakespearean engravings purchased at the Friends of the Library book sale to provide the visual interest. The book used was published in 1793 and had and on-line value of $330. We obtained the book for the bargain price of $70!

The Friends of the Library book sale is a BE-THERE event in Waco. The sale takes place once a year and has always yielded the most extraordinary finds. This year’s sale, the 45th one, is scheduled for November 8-11, at the Heart of Texas Fairground General Exhibits & Fine Arts Building. Come early to purchase the best finds. (The Friends of the Library are always happy for donations for the sale—contact the Waco McLennan County Library for information on donation procedure.)

The ReStore, benefiting Habitat for Humanity, should be a weekly shopping stop for anyone looking to do home improvements or interesting decorating projects. The ReStore is a consistent source for great doors and unique finds. Located at 1224 Franklin, it is open Tuesday thru Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Project Instructions

Prep doors by wiping clean of any dust or debris. Paint edges of doors with black paint & allow to dry before beginning decoupage.

Materials needed:

Tips for successful project:

  1. Lay out your pattern first, making sure you have enough materials to cover all 3 doors.
  2. Do one door at a time. Think and work in thirds - top, middle & bottom of door. This makes for easy stopping if interuptions occur.
  3. Apply Mod Podge with brush to back side of pages. Press firmly to masonite surface rubbing pages to remove air bubbles. Brush a coat of Mod Podge to surface of page. Repeat to cover door. Hint for air bubbles in decoupage: use a pin to pierce the bubble, then flatten with Mod Podge coated fingertip.
  4. When all 3 doors are dry, apply a coat of shellac.
  5. When shellac is dry, apply wax to age the finish.
  6. Hinge doors together & enjoy.